Approximate and Widespread Pareto Solutions in the Structure-Control Design of Mechatronic Systems

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© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media New York. The structure-control design approach of mechatronic systems requires a different design formulation where the mechanical structure and control system are simultaneously designed. Optimization problems are commonly stated to confront the structure-control design formulation. Nevertheless, these problems are often very complex with a highly nonlinear dependence between the design variables and performance functions. This fact has made the use of evolutionary algorithms, a feasible alternative to solve the highly nonlinear optimization problem; the method to find the best solution is an open issue in the structure-control design approach. Hence, this paper presents a mechanism to exhaustively exploit the solutions in the differential evolution (DE) algorithm in order to find more non-dominated solutions with uniformly distributed Pareto front and better trade-offs in the structure-control design framework. The proposed approach adopts an external population to retain the non-dominated solutions found during the evolutionary process and includes a mechanism to mutate the individuals in their corresponding external population region. As a study case, the structure-control design of a serial-parallel manipulator with its control system is stated as a dynamic optimization problem and is solved by using the proposed approach. A comparative analysis shows that the multi-objective exhaustive exploitation differential evolution obtained a superior performance in the structure-control design framework than a DE algorithm which did not consider the proposal. Hence, the resulting designs provide better trade-offs between the structure-control performance functions.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)628-657
Number of pages562
JournalJournal of Optimization Theory and Applications
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StatePublished - 1 May 2017

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Pareto Solutions
Mechatronics
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Nondominated Solutions
Differential Evolution Algorithm
Trade-offs
Control System
Optimization Problem
Dynamic Optimization Problems
Parallel Manipulator
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Pareto Front
Differential Evolution
Nonlinear Optimization
Comparative Analysis
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Evolutionary Algorithms

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